Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Alleging FHA Violations
CitiMortgage, Inc., a subsidiary of CitiBank, N.A., was the subject of a civil lawsuit, which was immediately settled. The Complaint sought damages and civil penalties under the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (“FIRREA”) for over six years of misconduct in connection with its participation in the Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) Direct Endorsement Lender Program.
In the settlement, CitiMortgage “admits, acknowledges, and accepts responsibility” for certain conduct alleged in the Complaint including, “[failing] to comply fully with all HUD-FHA requirements with respect to certain loans,” and “[submitting] to HUD-FHA certifications stating that certain loans were eligible for FHA mortgage insurance when in fact they were not.”
CitiMortgage also admitted that, as a result of its conduct, HUD incurred losses when certain loans that should never have been endorsed defaulted and agreed to pay $158.3 million to the United States in damages under the False Claims Act. The settlement was approvedby United States District Judge Victor Marrero.
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Helen Kanovsky, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and David A. Montoya, the Inspector General of HUD, announced the settlement.
Courtesy Mortgage Fraud Blog